rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode 9! precision broadcasting!

June 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | Leave a comment
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the radiofreemidwich show episode 9

Hello comrades! Well, it’s Summer in our hearts, right? Here’s the latest collection of hardcore fury, dronal oddities, bubbling electrics and homespun improv to provide the aural equivalent of a second duvet during this inclement weather.

Features music from Rat Cage, Cahn Ingold Prelog, Kieran Mahon, Mariam Rezaei, The Leaf Library and Sophie Cooper. This week’s interlude is a determined rummage in a gigantic pile of Lego and the links were recorded whilst staring out of an open bedroom window in-between downpours. The episode picture is of a large painting dumped outside a coffee shop near where I live. It’s been there for days and I’ve become a bit obsessed.

If you enjoy the show please feel free to tug the sleeves of those around you. You can also listen via the embedded player below or subscribe and download these shows as podcasts from the Apple thing or other more manageable means.  Ratings, comments and whatnot always gratefully received.

Episode 9 on Mixcloud

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rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode 8! such rich indulgence!

June 7, 2019 at 9:31 am | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | Leave a comment
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the radiofreemidwich show episode 8

Hello comrades!  Apologies for the late running of this service but real life commitments mean our weekly schedule will be disrupted by engineering works during the summer months.  Your indulgence is also requested as a moment of softness led to my son Thomas helping with the links in this episode and a moment of steely-eyed calculation led to me including excerpts from two projects I am personally involved in.

Features music from Closet Witch, Daniel Thomas, Dublock, Penance Stare, Earth Trumpet & Midwich and Kassia Flux.  The interlude is some wave-washed, pebble-scrunching recorded on a blustery beach – the crackling you can hear is my forehead reddening in the sun.

If you enjoy the show please continue to spread the word.  All comment on any media is much appreciated.  You can also listen via the embedded player below or subscribe and download these shows as podcasts from iTunes (or whatever iTunes has been replaced with should you be reading this after the Apple shake-up) and various other less crap apps too.  If you are given the opportunity to praise or rate the show, please do.

Episode 8 on Mixcloud

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rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode 7! so tight!

May 24, 2019 at 12:45 pm | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | Leave a comment
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the radiofreemidwich show episode 7

Hello comrades! Tuck in your napkin and enjoy a deep-fried selection of sludge-punk, melancholia, unplaceable oddness and joyous intimations of different climes. Featuring music by Cartilage, Ayankoko, Chrissie Caulfield, Thistle Group, Depletion and a jaw-dropping field recording of Gamelan Angklung. This episode’s interlude is an in-carriage recording of a chugging steam train on the West Somerset Railway.

Should you dig this I would appreciate you tweeting about it, commenting on mixcloud, pumping it from your car stereo as you idle at the lights to impress the kids etc. You can also listen via the embedded player below or subscribe and download these shows as podcasts from iTunes (and various other podcast apps too).  Should you feel the urge to leave a five star rating, hey, who could blame you?

Episode 7 on Mixcloud

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rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode 6! for the righteous!

May 17, 2019 at 9:43 am | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | 1 Comment
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the radiofreemidwich show episode 6

You know when your enjoyment of the warm weather is undercut by the nagging feeling that an end-of-the-world storm is gathering? Yeah, me too. So here’s a soundtrack for your lunchtime stroll!

Episode 6 features dronepunkdadaelectronica from Unsanitary Napkin, Cloud Diameter, Anna Peaker, Posset, Robin Smith + Territorial Gobbing and Dane Law. The interlude is a chainsaw idling – no further explanation offered. This episode’s links were recorded in a park on campus so, as well as me yammering, you get birdsong plus aircon and generator units. Hip soundscape, eh? I also swallow a flying bug whilst saying goodbye!

Should you dig this I would appreciate you tweeting about it, commenting on mixcloud, playing snatches to your bewildered work colleagues etc. You can also listen via the embedded player below or subscribe and download these shows as podcasts from iTunes (and those apps that scrape listings from iTunes). Don’t forget to leave a five star rating – it’s only polite.

Episode 6 on Mixcloud

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rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode 5! if only clockwork were as regular!

May 10, 2019 at 11:25 am | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | 2 Comments
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the radiofreemidwich show episode 5

Yes, episode five is upon us! Released at some random hour, from a secret location because my partner is using the Midwich Towers mainframe for, y’know, important real life stuff.

Features music from Clemency, Me, Claudius (meaning the act called ‘Me, Claudius’ not myself then some Roman bloke), Otto Willberg, Amy Cutler & Delphine Dora, Ashtray Navigations and, in a fit of excitement brought on by the announcement that he will be playing TUSK in October, an obscurity from the vaults by Johann Wlight. It’s end-to-end, super-max quality. AS EVER.

If you enjoy this please comment, tweet, stuff haiku into the pockets of unsuspecting fellow commuters and all that. You can also listen via an embedded player here (see below) and, after suffering the humiliation of submitting myself for Apple’s approval, you should now be able to subscribe and download the show as a podcast via iTunes and a bunch of other podcasting apps. Yes, I now have a podcast – oh, the indignity…

Episode 5 on Mixcloud

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rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode 4! rush release!

May 4, 2019 at 8:48 pm | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | Leave a comment
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the radiofreemidwich show episode 4

I dunno, you wait for a no-audience underground radio show/podcast type thing from this blog for nearly ten years then four come along at once…

Looking to continue the trend of halving the number of listeners with each successive episode (according to maths, #8 will have less than one…) I’ve chosen a tricksy but sublime mix for this fourth instalment.  Keep all limbs inside the vehicle as we have hardcore punk, enveloping drone, electric disquiet and an indescribable duet for turntables and guttural snarling.  I do top it off with some cosmic groove to resettle your equilibrium though – don’t worry, I ain’t a monster.  Features tracks by crisis sigil, beth gripps, The Leaf Library, Tungsten Grasshopper, Mariam & Yol and Tuluum Shimmering.  All manner of brilliance, all over in 34 minutes.  Guaranteed synapse fuel.

Please pass it on if you like the show.  Comments on mixcloud very much appreciated.

Episode 4 on Mixcloud

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rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode three! it’s a thing now!

April 29, 2019 at 11:00 am | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | 2 Comments
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the radiofreemidwich show episode three

Yep, three episodes mean this is a real thing I’ve got going on now…

Today’s dispatch is a no-messin’, commute-friendly 34 minutes long and features music from The Doll, Hawthonn, Avellie, an EXCLUSIVE from Clive Henry, Seal Eggs and, err…, me. The interlude is a frantic moment of harsh noise recorded at my son’s recent school disco and I speak even… more… slowly… than before in a, largely successful, attempt to say ‘um’ fewer times.

Please keep commenting, tweeting etc. if you dig the show – it is all very much appreciated.

Episode 3 on Mixcloud

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rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode 2! yes, already!

April 21, 2019 at 8:10 pm | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | 2 Comments
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the radiofreemiwich show episode two

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Wow, using the evangelical zeal typical of the early days of any no-audience underground/DIY project I’ve somehow completed the second episode within a week of posting the first.  This won’t last, of course, but the current mixture of praise and purpose I’m breathing in is heady and motivating so I can’t be blamed for taking a long ol’ sniff.

This episode, still taut at 40 minutes – no time wasting here, features music from swefn, Caleb R.K. Williams and Ivonne Van Cleef, Ashtray Navigations, marlo eggplant, Cucina Povera and a WORLD EXCLUSIVE, no less, from The Skull Mask, as well as torrential rain on the roof of Leeds Tropical World and musings and mispronunciations by your host recorded in the back yard.

As before, please spread the word and let me know if you are digging it.

Episode 2 on Mixcloud

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rob presents the radiofreemidwich show episode one!

April 16, 2019 at 8:09 am | Posted in no audience underground, the radiofreemidwich show | Leave a comment
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the radiofreemidwich show episode one

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About time, eh?  Inspired by the radio shows and podcasts created by Crow Versus Crow, We Need No Swords, Sophie Cooper, Neil Campbell and many other comrades I’ve decided to have a go myself.  TRFMS is resolutely lo-fi in presentation but full of furious beauty and, at 35 minutes, the ideal running time for busy influencers or damaged layabouts alike.  Featuring music from Void Vertex, Helicopter Quartet, Pumice, Penance Stare, Grey Frequency and The Master Musicians of Dyffryn Moor plus my office radiator gurgling!

Spread the word, let me know if you dig this and if there is any interest at all I’ll do some more.

Episode 1 on Mixcloud

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this is true: rob hayler on ‘nothing’s good’ by duncan harrison

March 26, 2019 at 11:08 am | Posted in no audience underground | Leave a comment
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Duncan Harrison – Nothing’s Good

Index Clean, IC-011

CD edition of 100 or download, 3 tracks, 37 minutes

This fair stopped me in my tracks it did. For a few days I had it on repeat, listening intently to the content, noting the transitions and juxtapositions, transcribing the spoken ‘verse’ so I could read and reread it whilst tapping a pen thoughtfully against my ample forehead. I realised I was approaching it like a puzzle, an academic exercise – which always risks killing art stone dead – but I was powerless to stop. Then: a breakthrough. One night I dozed off with it playing and woke in the morning, headphones on the floor, to find the following three words written on a notepad I keep on my bedside table:

‘This is true’. My hand, no recollection of writing it, bang on the money. But I get ahead of myself…

Nothing’s Good is a short album comprising three substantial tracks (‘Are You Angry?’ 15 minutes, ‘A Good Night’ 14 minutes, ‘Its Blinking Torture’ 8 minutes) by Brighton-based artist and radiofreemidwich favourite Duncan Harrison. The first two tracks are collages given overall sense by a vibe clarified in the third. We have clockwork mice skittering in erratic circles, an ogre’s snoring heard from the base of the beanstalk, stretching and scraping as unsecured chandlery rolls round the deck of the Teignmouth Electron, kids throwing stones at an allotment greenhouse or a borderline alcoholic convincing themselves that staggering to the bottlebank counts as a ‘breath of fresh air’, a comically slurred interlude about a neighbour’s fondness for Metallica, spiralling loops of distressed organ drone – as fucked as a dropped kaleidoscope, theatrical coughing and some bad-ass table-top electronics: fury interspersed with silence.

But this is just me gabbing on, eh? I’m gently reminded that it is rude to talk over the music by ‘Its Blinking Torture’ which pulls all this back to the actual setting: two people sat at right angles to each other at a kitchen table… but miles apart. After an initial traumatizing squeak – a luggage trolley? A faulty appliance coming to the end of its cycle? Stuck between carriages on a packed commuter train? – the track is largely pregnant pause punctuated with sub- or near-vocalisations, barely audible hiss, looped whine and sproing. This acts as a bed/surround for a prose poem, repeated, in which Duncan describes meeting an antagonist, their relationship fractious, positions entrenched, and expresses concern about where he perceives they are headed. I’m not quoting it because I want you to listen and form your own interpretation. Suffice to say it is succinct, evocative and smart enough to invite serious thought as to its consequences.

Listening to this refigures what has come before. There is no need for my fairy tales and extravagant metaphors. The sounds used now seem entirely domestic – either sourced from the everyday or intended to convey the reality of living in a tricky situation. We walk on eggshells, we steam quietly (or not so quietly) with anger, we relish occasional moments of levity that are both a huge relief and a tragic reminder of what is slipping away.

The minimal cover art contains nothing but the title and the following two lines in italics:

an airport mobility aid. the ceiling and bathroom light.

a dismantled smart phone. the bus stop by Rose Hill Terrace.

I wonder if these items and this location were the sources of argument or the sources for some of the recordings. Easy to imagine both being the case and therein lies the genius at work here. Duncan has conjured a piece that is both satisfyingly ambiguous and specific enough to be highly relatable. Nothing’s good, in that doing and saying nothing can, temporarily at least and in these circumstances, divert our attention from the increasingly unavoidable conclusion that, in fact, nothing’s good.

This is true.

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Duncan Harrison

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